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Comcast to place most of “The Office” behind Peacock’s paywall in January

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Fans of “The Office” will have to pay up if they want to see and replay every episode of the hit NBC sitcom when it leaves Netflix next month.

Starting in January, the Steve Carrell-fronted comedy will move exclusively to Peacock, the Comcast-operated streaming service that launched earlier this year.

Viewers of Comcast’s limited ad-supported free tier will have access to the first two seasons, while the rest of the program will be placed behind Peacock’s premium paywall.

The premium version of Peacock costs $5 a month with advertisements and $10 a month without. Comcast customers who use X1-enabled cable boxes or Flex-powered hardware have access to Peacock’s ad-supported premium tier for free and pay just $5 a month to remove commercials.

More than 200 episodes of The Office were produced for Comcast’s broadcast network NBC between 2005 and 2013. The show was a ratings-grabber for NBC and re-runs of the show continued to do well in syndication, on cable and on Netflix.

The Office became one of Netflix’s most-streamed shows after the streaming giant lost another hit NBC show, “Friends,” to rival HBO Max earlier this year.

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Matthew Keys is a nationally-recognized, award-winning journalist who has covered the business of media, technology, radio and television for more than 10 years. He is the publisher of The Desk and contributes to Know Techie, Digital Content Next and StreamTV Insider. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, the Walt Disney Company, McNaughton Newspapers and Tribune Broadcasting.
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